Approach a controversial issue through dialogue using the Rogerian argument strategy
Create an argument that uses a non-confrontational structure and consensus-building tone
Adopt an outwardly neutral and objective stance toward an issue
Use higher-order critical thinking skills of synthesis and creative problem solving to develop a compromise position or common-ground between opposing viewpoints.
Select, organize, and incorporate academic research material (at least 3 distinct, non-internet, TCC library or database sources) into your essay.
Characteristics of the Rogerian Essay
A successful essay
Will include an introduction that presents the problem/issue, introduces the opposing viewpoints, and then discusses the issues impact on both sides.
Will describe accurately and fairly the two opposing points of view on the problem/issue, demonstrating genuine understanding of each.
Will present these viewpoints in neutral but clear language.
Will lay out possible ways to compromise or alternative solutions to the problem that would benefit both sides.
Will use empathetic and non-judgmental language as a way of reaching compromise.
A generic outline could look as follows:
Intro (one paragraph)
Overview of problem/issue and controversy about how to solve it.
Side As answer to the problem
Side Bs answer to the problem
Question you will explore setting up the two sides.
Side A: (paragraphs 2-3)
reasons and support (examples and explanations of Side As policy)
Side B: (paragraphs 4-5)
reasons and support (examples and explanations of Side Bs policy)
Compromise and Conclusion (paragraphs 6-7)
Answers question from introduction
Discussed shared values and common ground between Side A and B.
Uses common ground to craft a compromise.